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Elections Have Consequences: A Look at Poland

The 2015 ascendancy of the Law and Justice Party to power in Poland, first winning the Presidency and then 51% of the Parliament, has resulted in changes of direction in a country that was the poster child for economic and democratic transition as it emerged from the communist period. Current policies toward state security, public media, economic policy and the courts have generated praise in some quarters and strong criticism in others. What is the meaning of these changes for Poland's future, for the group of Central/Eastern countries and for the EU, where Poland has aspired to leadership?

Date & Time

Nov. 29, 2016
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Elections Have Consequences: A Look at Poland

The 2015 ascendancy of the Law and Justice Party to power in Poland, first winning the Presidency and then 51% of the Parliament, has resulted in changes of direction in a country that was the poster child for economic and democratic transition as it emerged from the communist period. Current policies toward state security, public media, economic policy and the courts have generated praise in some quarters and strong criticism in others. What is the meaning of these changes for Poland's future, for the group of Central/Eastern countries and for the EU, where Poland has aspired to leadership?

Panel 1 12:00pm-1:00pm 

  • Leszek Balcerowicz, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Warsaw School of Economics. Keynote address: "Bad Transitions Include Poland"
  • Moderator: Dr. Heidi Tworek, Fellow, Transatlantic Academy and Assistant Professor of International History, University of British Columbia

Panel 2 1:00pm-2:00pm 

  • Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski, Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs 
  • Sławomir Sierakowski, Krytyka Polityczna 
  • Moderator: Ruth Greenspan Bell, Wilson Center

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more

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